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RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Mike, between you, me and 12V, we should stop posting pics of rust free 20-40 year old vehicles from up here, or all the Rust Belt residents may start coming and snatching up our gems! Lol. FWIW, having lived in many parts of our great country, the coastal PNW IS the best area in the country for preserving old cars. Enough that I’d barely consider desert SW and southern vehicles , in general, compared to up here. While the south and southwest is rust free, the vehicles from here also benefit for the serious lack of UV degradation for 2/3 of each year AND they receive complimentary fresh water undercarriage washes each day they’re driven during the same time of year! And based on the tire life I get out of tires here compared to other areas of the country, there is a component of decreased drivetrain wear on vehicles operated in the rain the majority of the year. You generally accelerate, corner and brake a bit lighter in wet roads compared to dry and the simple objective proof is Tires last longer. Even if it’s rust free, it’s almost unheard of for a 20+ year old vehicle to have good factory paint, Anywhere else, unless it was a garage queen, in which case the climate doesn’t matter. I’m not helping our cause by bragging about it......lol You are correct and both of us need to stop telling people. I grew up in upstate New York. If you could keep a car clean for 7 years you were doing good. I tell people all the time it is not rare to see a 20 to 25 year old daily driver out here. No rust and clean as can be. "Yeah but you get rain so you should have rust" Nope, but we don't get heavy snow in the low lands and we don't use salt. First Ford Pinto I ever saw in person was when I moved out here for the Navy in 1995. It was an orange wagon with a bubble window. I'll take the gray winter for the summers and how nice our cars stay.
ls1mike 08/16/20 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Yeah we are look for wheels now. I told him we would at least update them. Truck has the injectors and intake gasket done last year. Water pump and fuel pump the year before. The beauty of living out here is very little snow, maybe one good storm a year and no salt used on the roads. https://i.imgur.com/o6KphTRl.jpg I like that. I am going to show it to the boy.
ls1mike 08/13/20 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

99 Tahoe with 235K great rig! Be sure to dump the quick connect for the cooling system at front passenger side of intake manifold. It simply can come off and smoke the engine. Has the intake manifold gasket been replaced? Those are the two main culprits. Replaced drag link, front is 100% OE other than that. Great rigs, congrats to him. Quick disconnect if first on the list. Intake gasket and injectors were done last year. :)
ls1mike 08/13/20 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Nice, however you need to help him pick out some better looking wheels. OEM's will probably sell of CL without a problem. https://i.imgur.com/2SPmCVhl.png Yeah we are look for wheels now. I told him we would at least update them. Truck has the injectors and intake gasket done last year. Water pump and fuel pump the year before. The beauty of living out here is very little snow, maybe one good storm a year and no salt used on the roads.
ls1mike 08/13/20 08:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Very nice Mike!! Now if your son can just keep it nice, learn to take care of it himself. Getting a first vehicle together is always nice for a father/son to enjoy. Congrats to you both! Jerry Thanks he is so excited. He steamed cleaned the inside today. I need to replace the coolant quick disconnect on the intake and one valve cover. I will have him do those. My Trans Am and Caprice have torque management programmed out. The Truck and the wife's car still have it. I forgot what it was like to have a normal vehicle without it. I threw the keys to the boy and when he hit the gas the rear tires spun...no torque management. LOL. Last year the water pump and fuel pump were done. Year before that intake gasket and injectors. If I can get 40,000 to 60,000 miles out of it I will be happy.
ls1mike 08/12/20 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

He will use it to tow a quad and some dirt bikes when we go camping. 160,000 miles. I am the 3rd owner. Picked it up from a buddy who had it since 100,000 miles. All service records. I need to do a few small things. Great oil pressure 50 heading down the road 35 at hot idle. Pretty clean too. He is happy. Starts driving in October. 3500 bucks. 1997 Z71 350/4L60E https://i.ibb.co/tZpCQjV/20200809-180652.jpg https://i.ibb.co/XztqxgZ/20200809-181219.jpg https://i.ibb.co/SskN9Pf/20200809-182212.jpg https://i.ibb.co/LtptBPx/20200811-180733.jpg https://i.ibb.co/DQB3Qz0/20200811-183239.jpg
ls1mike 08/12/20 04:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone order a new Ford 7.3 gas?

The Ford 5.4 was a problem child for sure but GM has had a lot of trouble with cams being destroyed by the variable displacement motor. The mechanic I use has replaced several motors and repaired others. Before that GM had torque converter problems that took out the transmission. No brand is immune from problems or they would not need mechanics at the service center. The Ram I had before the Ford had to have ring and pinion, transmission and ball joints replaced before 100k miles. It is AFM/DOD that had failures and it is rare that it takes out an engine. The 3/4 ton and up trucks don't have that issue as those engines don't have AFM/DOD. It was some 5.3s and car 6.0 engines. A failure involves a CAM and lifter swap. I just did it on my Caprice, no failure, but wanted a larger CAM.
ls1mike 05/27/20 12:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

I have a 17 3500HD gasser 6.0/6L90E. I'm not a GM guy, is that a relatively new transmission? I know that 6.0 is an underrated engine that has worked very well for quite some time. It ain't broke, so GM ain't fixing it. Newer transmission technology can certainly help squeeze a little better fuel economy and power though. I came out of the 4 speed 4L80E to the 6L90E. Both 4.10 gears. The 02 2500HD gasser was 300hp and 360 ft/lbs of torque. The 17 3500HD is 360Hp and 380 ft/lbs of torque. It is a totally different experience less revs on big hills, no issues maintaining speeds on the big/long passes, just a better experience overall. The 6L90E is not new and is pretty reliable. It was introduced in 2007 for the 2500/3500HD gassers. Service is required every 45,000 miles. I am really happy with it. It is still in use with the 6.6 GM gasser.
ls1mike 04/23/20 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

I have a 17 3500HD gasser 6.0/6L90E. My trailer is 35 feet 10 inches overall. Loaded it is 7800lbs, truck does fine, I am more than happy with it coming out of an 02 2500HD Gasser. Most I have pulled is my good friends Grand Design. It scaled in at 9200lbs loaded. I couldn't tell the difference between the Grand Design or my Passport being back there. I ended up with the gas 1 ton in July it had 27,000 miles on it. LT trim so optioned pretty good for me. 4 door, long bed, 4x4. I paid 36500 for it and they gave me 6800 for my 2002 2500HD W/T with cruise and 56,000 miles. I was happy with that.
ls1mike 04/21/20 08:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 2500hd 6l90e transmission service

Wow all this info about servicing the trans and at such close intervals (like 15000 miles) just blew me away. I yanked out the ops manual on the 2012 F 250 and it specifies the first change at 90K. If it is good enough for Henry, it is good enough for me. :h However I concede that if you don't wear out the drain plug or the pan bolts it won't hurt s thing. :W The Allison with Duramax is 97,500 miles. My Malibu is 60,000. I did the truck at 32,000 because I had time. The Caprice which was supposed to be a police car with a 6L80E has an interval of 100,000 or 45,000 for severe, which would have been police service. I did it at 45,000 because it is Cammed and Stalled. The 6L90E used in only 2500HD and 3500HD has a 45,000 service as it assumed you will be using the severe service interval. It has no external filter like the Allison, so you should change it more frequently. Is your truck a diesel?
ls1mike 04/09/20 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 2500hd 6l90e transmission service

That was my point. the 2001 had a 4L60E, the new 1/2 tons do not have a 6L90E that is 3/4 ton and up. You have a 6L80E. My bad....your correct. The 2016 1500 chevy has the 6L80E tranny....and is a ***** to drop the pan even though it has a built in notch on the pans bottom for that purpose. Terrible GM engineering on that part. ...so says one chevy dealer tranny mechanic. The half tons have always been a PITA. I don't know why they didn't put a drain plug in them. Really they should have put the 90E in the half ton would have worth an extra 500 bucks at purcahse. My 2014 Caprice has an 80E. No dipstick, this has to be up to temp running and level then you pull a plug on the pan and fluid should dribble out, that means it is full. I just pull the cooler line pump out and add then check it. Lots of cars are like that now. It is just a PITA. I am glad that my truck is easy. My wife's 15 Malibu has no serviceable filter you have to split the case, but is has a drain plug and fill hole with a dipstick so it isn't horrible. This transmission is decent, developed by both Ford and GM. It is in a TON of cars/Small SUVS and has a low failure rate.
ls1mike 04/09/20 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 2500hd 6l90e transmission service

My truck does have the crossover pipe below the transmission pan, but with the shape of the pan it had enough clearance to sneak the pan forward and then down. You already do the service? It is pretty easy on the 3/4 ton and up 6L90E.
ls1mike 04/08/20 04:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 2500hd 6l90e transmission service

I'm glad to hear they improved this. I had to drop the exhaust on my 2001 Yukon and it was still a major PITA to get the pan to clear. :M Half ton vs 3/4-1 ton. 4L60E vs 6L90E. Nothing is shared between them. LOL..1500 GM trucks haven't used the old 4L60E tranny in years. The wifes 2016 1500 chevy 5.3 has the 6L90E tranny. I asked my chevy dealer to change fluid and filter in the L90E in the wifes truck. At 49k miles they recommended a tranny flush now and a filter change at 75k miles due to this trucks usage. If your 2500 doesn't have the cross over pipe under the pan why wouldn't it be a straight drop like older GM trucks. That was my point. the 2001 had a 4L60E, the new 1/2 tons do not have a 6L90E that is 3/4 ton and up. You have a 6L80E. Which is similar but has a different torque convertor, a few less clutches and is close to an inch and 1/2 shorter than the 6L90E. The current 90E 14 and up has a drain plug.
ls1mike 04/08/20 04:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 2500hd 6l90e transmission service

I'm glad to hear they improved this. I had to drop the exhaust on my 2001 Yukon and it was still a major PITA to get the pan to clear. :M Half ton vs 3/4-1 ton. 4L60E vs 6L90E. Nothing is shared between them.
ls1mike 04/07/20 12:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 2500hd 6l90e transmission service

Looking for advice on doing a pan drop and filter replacement on my 2012 Silverado 2500hd with the 6.0 gas and 6l90e transmission. My main question is does the exhaust pipe need to be lowered to completely remove the pan? The only videos I see on the net are half ton silverados where the exhaust pipe needs to be lowered. On my 2500hd the exhaust pipe does indeed run below the pan, but it appears to have enough clearance to work it off, but I know looks can be deceiving. Anybody here ever done this to a similar model year truck to give advice? Thanks! Just did it 3 months ago in my 2017, plenty of room. It is a 45,000 mile service transmission. A complete flush is about 12.5 quarts. A pan drop and fill is about 6. I did a pan drop, filter and fill and drove it 500 miles, drained it from the drain plug and filled it. It is nice and clean. Next I will disconnect a cooler line and do fluid transfer. I am at 33,000 miles.
ls1mike 04/06/20 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Post your tow vehicle pics here

https://i.ibb.co/VYFRw3n/truck.png I don't think I posted this yet. I picked it up in July new to me. 2017 3500HD gasser, perfect for what I do. Replaced the truck that I had for 12 years. Hope to get that from this one It is not my daily so doesn't get many miles. That is my daily on the trailer on the way to get dyno tuned after I installed a larger cam.
ls1mike 04/03/20 06:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor options on a replacement tow vehicle.

Guy I camp with and I have known for 22 plus years (Navy together) Has a 2014 he is at about 80,000 miles right not. Got into the 2014 F350 6.2 from a 2004 F150 5.4. Truck has been really good, brakes, tires, one vibration where they fixed something in the front and one exhaust manifold gasket under warratny. He tows a 9000lbs Grand Design with it. I would say he tows around 3000 miles a year and daily drives it. He loves it. It has been a rock solid truck. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.
ls1mike 02/18/20 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

I'll somewhat agree with you but I'd think that it was a combination of both the 7.3 and the 10 speed. I have a 6.2 and I think a 10 speed would improve it but not to the extent of pulling the Ike in that amount of time. If this engine gets 6.2 fuel mileage or more it should be a winner. The 7.3 is beast, but I have to tell I don't know. Sure the 7.3 improves but if you had 4 more gears with 4.30s that would make a huge difference. I went from a 2002 2500HD 6.0 4 speed 4.10's to a 3500HD 6.0 6 speed 4.10s. The 2002 was 300HP and 360Ft/lbs of torque the 2017 isn't really that much more at 360HP and 380Ft/lbs of torque. I will tell you those extra 2 gears make it so much better. It stays right where it needs to be for RPMs vs the old the old truck. 4.30s and a 10 speed is just smart. It keeps the torque/horsepower right were it needs to be a good portion of the time.
ls1mike 02/02/20 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

I am starting wonder if some people have towed with a modern gasser or just went straight to diesel. I would say if you over 10,000 lbs and tow more than 5-7 times a year it is time look at Diesel. I have towed my trailer (2012 32 foot 7800lbs loaded Passpot) with a 2018 2500HD Denali Diesel and yes it has more power, but stability is the same and the difference for the amount I tow is not worth the extra money. I had my last truck 11 years. I will probably have this on for 15. I have been towing 7500 to 8000lbs for years with two different gas 3/4 tons. Over the Rockies, through the passes in Wa, Idaho, Oregon, California. I use more gas but have not had any problem going 60 over the Contintial Divide fully loaded. The 2017 does much better than than 2002. How fast do you want me to go? It is rare I go over 65 anyway. Every truck has its place. Right tool fort the job. There are plenty of 1/2 tons doing just fine towing within their limits.
ls1mike 01/24/20 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

I simply made the post, because not everyone buys a $40-70k truck, or has the means to. And for a small fraction of that cost, there are a few of these “dinosaurs” around with low miles that are a good economical option for someone who needs the capability but doesn’t have the wallet to buy a new L5P like yourself. This. My truck is not my daily, I used the old 02 6.0 for 10 years. It only had 56,000 miles when on it when I traded it on my 17 3500HD. It was under 28,000 out the door with trade for my 02. The 02 had tons of life yet. When I was looking I couldn't find an 8.1, but the 4.10/6 speed 60 more HP and 40 more ft/lbs of torque made a huge difference going from the 02 to 17 without breaking the bank. Someone got a really nice well maintained 02 when they bought my old one. It never let me down and pulled all over the Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Montana and Wyoming.
ls1mike 01/09/20 07:00pm Tow Vehicles
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